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Aug 11, 2012 9:15 PM

What on earth is this?

Hi - I found this in my Norfolk garden - where the soil is well drained and sandy - I cant say Ive seen anything like it before - it stands 180cms tall. The stem is spikey and exhuding yellow sap - the leaves are 10cm long and fringed with spikes - there is one central stem and 5 peripheral stems (much smaller) growing from the ground level. The many flowers are yellow and tufty. Can anyone help with an identification??




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    Aug 12, 2012 11:07 AM (in response to potatohead)
    Re: What on earth is this?

    Hi ive got a really big garden ive have got gravel , slabs , egg shaped grass .lots of plants and conifors which are growing at last and a water bath for the birds right in the centre of the grass i love my garden.    

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    Aug 12, 2012 12:27 PM (in response to potatohead)
    Re: What on earth is this?


    I'm pretty sure your plant is one of the wild lettuces, Lactuca sp. My best guess from the shape of the leaves is Great Lettuce, Lactuca virosa.


    I can't be absolutley definitive as the character used to be absolutely sure of identification between the species are the ripe seeds...


    However from your first pic, IMG00038, it looks like this plant is showing signs of fasciation too. In this case the stem has flattened and is producing many more flowers than normal especially at the tip of the inflorescence as can be seen here, although they can cause a myriad of wierd and wonderful shapes. Fasciation is generally a naturally occuring phenomena, this website gives more info on causes. They are quite extraordinary things and utterly fascinating!



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